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Faces of COVID: Family loses loved ones 24 hours apart

Posted at 2:16 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 19:06:59-05

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INDIANAPOLIS — One Hoosier family is heartbroken after losing two loved ones to COVID-19 just one day apart.

In 24 hours, Holly Vantatti lost her father-in-law, Chet, 78, and then her husband, Ken, 51, to COVID-19.

As she starts the grieving process, she said part of it is making sure people start taking the virus seriously.

"People are saying it isn't real," Vantatti said. "We are living proof. I get frustrated when people say it's a hoax or it's all made up."

She lost two loved ones in December, just before the holidays. One month later, it's still unreal to her, especially as she tries to raise her young daughter.

"We have three boys and we just adopted a little girl who is three and a half," Vantatti said. "That's been really hard too because she's asking everyday 'Where is my daddy?'"

She said she wakes up thinking this is just a nightmare and will be over.

"Unfortunately, it just continues on," she said.

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